With the bank holiday almost here, its time to start planning what to wear for the long weekend as quite a few of us will be packing an overnight holdall and jumping in the car to make the most out of the 3 days off.
Whether it is a city break abroad, a few days at the seaside or some countryside walking, we have selected some of our favourite ladies styles to have you covered, come rain or shine.
When the weather gets a bit unpredictable, which lets face it happens quite a lot in the British Isles, we also need some emergency footwear in our suitcase.
If off to Wales for some country walks amongst the mountains, a pair of New Balance W373 will have you climbing trees and picking raspberries all day.
For the festival goers who are prepping for Reading, Leeds or SW4, a bright pair of Joules wellies are a must for some muddy trekking to the main stage.
City shopping and touristy days out call for a pair of timeless leather Converse All Stars or a chunky ankle boot like the Madison as both look pretty smart, are easy to wear with anything and will help keep your feet dry if there is an unexpected drizzle.
For sunny days sat on Brighton pier with a 99 ice cream, a classic pair of Vans Authentic are great as they come in so many summery colours and help you walk across the pebbly beach without hurting your feet and stay comfy and cool whilst walking through the lanes shopping till you drop.
For those of us who are lucky enough to jet set abroad to the likes of Rome, Paris or Amsterdam, some sandals and some trainers are a must to pop in your hand luggage. Lightweight and comfortable, the new Air Max Thea will have you exploring the city all day and some simple sandals like the Holla or Hallie are great for lunches at the Louvre or dinner overlooking the Colosseum.
Commonly seen as a fashion faux-pas the leather sandal has always appeared a bit feminine and uncool but this summer it has had a bit of a style revival.
The leather sandal was the usual footwear choice of our awkward dads in summer and more often than not paired with socks, the dreaded combo. They would crack them out on family holidays to everyone’s horror and since then the closest thing to a sandal a guy would put on his feet is a pair of Havaianas.
Recently men aren’t as afraid of a sandal, realising that it is the best way to stay cool in the summer and can be quite easy to style up or down.
The woven Nero slip on is a great smart choice sandal to match with some cotton twill chino shorts and shirt for those summer evening events.
For the guy who doesn’t want to be too adventurous, the Crixus sandal is a classic flip flop but with premium leather uppers and sole and is easy to wear with anything.
The trend-setters favourite is the slider or footbed like the Birkenstock Arizona 2 Strap or OFFICE Thong sandal. Dress down with jeans, a vest and a loose fitted plaid shirt or smarten up with some chinos and t-shirt.
When packing for a summer holiday, a statement pair of evening sandals is a must. As the sun starts to go down and the air gets cooler, we’ve got just the right sandals that will keep you looking glamorous yet comfortable all through the night. From a dressy pair of sliders to a platform strappy heel, our range of summer sandals are perfect for cocktail hour or even a sunset stroll on the beach.
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This minimal and unbelievably comfortable sandal is not only easy to wear but its chunky shape elongates your pins. Pair some black Hype sandals with a tight wrap over mini skirt and light knit jumper or some steel grey Birkenstock Madrid 1 Bar Mule‘s with some pale wash skinny jeans and a nude boyfriend t-shirt.
Its not often we are kind to our feet, often favouring some skyscraper heels to match our new outfit, but who knew you could be perfectly stylish and comfortable all at once. With the likes of Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Chloe showcasing them on the catwalk, footbed sandals and sliders are simple, easy to wear and definitely a wardrobe must have this season.
Specialising in sports sandals that will take you from the beach to the city, they are a must-have for every travel enthusiast this summer. A quarter-century worth of knowledge and technology has gone into the original Teva sandals, and they’re renowned for their two fundamental responsibilities: to play and to protect in water.
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If you’re not thrilled by the Leeds and Reading line-ups, you’ve ‘done’ Bestival and you can’t get hold of Glasto tickets, why not swap your wellies for sandals and branch out and try one of the festivals which take place across Europe each summer?
We take a look at some of the hottest festivals on the continent taking place over the coming months.
Benicassim – July 17-20
Combine the festival experience with a beach holiday at Benicassim on the Spanish Costa del Azahar. There’ll be sun, sea, sand and some of our favourite artists including Lily Allen, Kasabian, Paul Weller, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding AND the Manic Street Preachers.
FOR in Croatia – June 19-20
If you hate having to pick and choose between which act to watch the FOR In Croatia is the festival for you. None of the performances clash with one another, saving you from making some tricky decisions. There are also plenty of gaps in the schedule so you can enjoy the local beaches. This year’s line-up includes Klaxons, Mark Ronson, Factory Floor, Haim and Erol Alkan.
Primavera in Barcelona – May 29-31
Also hitting Spain this summer is Primavera, a must-play festival for any act that wants to be seen as successful. This year’s stellar line-up includes Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, The Pixies, Disclosure, Slowdive, Haim and Sky Ferreira.
Szignet in Budapest – August 11-18
If you like your festivals big, then Szignet is the one for you. With stages spread over 50 venues and more than 200 performances across the weekend, it’s no wonder the event attracts almost 400,000 people from across the globe each year. This year the acts not to miss include Bastille and Calvin Harris.
Iceland Airwaves – November 5-9
Who says festivals are just for the summer? You’ll have to wait until November to jet off to Reykjavik to enjoy Iceland Airwaves, but we promise it will be worth it. Spend your days in the hot springs before dancing away to performances by the likes of the Flaming Lips and East India Youth in the evenings.
We have had a few sunny days (albeit cold) but it got us thinking about wearing this season’s hottet footwear – the footbed sandal. It just so happens that not only do these slider style sandals look stylish, they are also incredibly comfortable. Win win!
Footbed styles are everywhere, with high end designers Joseph, Michael Kors and Chloe getting in on the action, as well as a host of stylish celebs. Miley Cyrus reportedly has no fewer than five versions of the slides Celine sent down the catwalk in autumn last year.
If you’re desperate to start wearing your slides as soon as possible, they’re not just confined to the beach.
Take inspiration from Joseph and team them with a sports luxe ensemble of sleek trousers, slouchy t-shirt and a relaxed blazer or channel Michael Kors in long floaty skirts and chunky knits.
To really be on top of the trend, take your slides into the evening by buying a bold metallic pair as seen at Stine Goya and Chloe. This Hoxton cross strap pair are perfect. Or, if you really want those extra few inches height, buy a chunky soled pair.
For the really fashion forward, defy convention and team your sandals with socks – word on the street is it’s no longer a fashion no-no.
Beautiful beaches, great nightlife and the world’s biggest carnival – what’s not to love about Brazil?
The South American nation has long been on our dream holiday destination list, but all the extra attention it’s getting due to the World Cup this year is making it seem even more appealing. There’s a few times in recent weeks when we’ve glazed over behind our desks, lost in daydreams which involve us lying on a white sand beach sipping a caipirinha (cachaca, muddled lime and sugar – YUM!) wearing our Peter Pilotto for Target bikinis and of course our trusty JuJu sandals.
In an ideal world, we’d jet out this month for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, swapping the doom and gloom of the UK for a riot of colour. We’d stay on for a few days after the festivities finished too, soaking up the sun on Rio’s famous beaches, taking a cable car to the top of the stunning Sugar Loaf Mountain and snapping some pictures of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.
In the evenings we’d hit a neighbourhood botequin (bar) before dancing the night away at a samba club. Sounds perfect!
A bit closer to home…
If your budget falls far shorter than your daydreaming imagination, take a look at our suggestions for similar destinations a bit closer to home.
Best for carnivals – Santa Cruz in Tenerife
Tenerife’s capital city is twinned with Rio de Janeiro and the Carnival of Santa Cruz is every bit as glamorous and outrageous as its South American sister’s. The festivities start at the beginning of February when the Carnival Queen is elected and continue until the 17th of the month. The days in-between are filled with music, merriment, fireworks and of course a huge parade.
Best for beaches – Kissamos in Greece
Forget Praia do Toque and Taipus de Fora, one of the world’s best beaches is a mere few hours flight away in Greece. Balos Lagoon in Kissamos boasts white sand and clear turquoise waters. Parts of the sea are warm and shallow, perfect for paddling, but beyond the rocks is deeper colder water for snorkelling.
Best for nightlife – Budapest in Hungary
Brazil has a well-deserved reputation for amazing nightlife, but it’s far from the only place you can party until dawn in. The ‘sparties’ – parties in a spa – in Hungary’s capital are legendary, with the city’s historical spas transformed into nightclubs packed with revellers dancing by the pools.
Here at OFFICE HQ, we love that the chilly weather gives us an excuse to pull on our boots and cosy cardigans, however, the news that this winter may be the longest in history has left us wondering if we’ll ever be able to wear our sandals again.
To help us combat the cold we have been casting our thoughts to our dream holiday destinations for some make believe winter sun.
Here’s our holiday hotlist if you fancy following in our flip-flop-clad footsteps.
Australia doesn’t have a monopoly on Christmas barbecues. Soaring temperatures in South Africa during December and January mean Cape Town is the perfect spot for a relaxing beach break. Plus, there’s only a two hour time difference with the UK over the winter months, meaning no jet lag.
If the doom and gloom of winter has you fantasising about being a castaway on a desert island, make your dreams come true with a week or two in Thailand.
You can hop between dozens of islands, relaxing on snow white beaches and sipping exotic cocktails in temperatures as high as 28C. Or for something a bit more lively, spend some time in buzzing Bangkok with its vibrant markets and bustling nightlife.
If you fancy somewhere a bit closer to home, the Canary Islands are just a three and a half hour flight from the UK and offer temperatures in the low-mid 20s all year round.
Avoid the well-known tourists traps, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote, and head out to the lesser known, unspoilt islands such as La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera for a true slice of paradise.
If you turn green with envy every time you see a celeb shimmying down the red carpet in a strapless creation with no goosepimples in sight, join them for year-round sun in the GoldenState.
You can soak up the sun on San Diego’s perfect beaches, hit the PacificCoast road down to Malibu in a convertible or star spot in Los Angeles.